Washington D.C. has been called “America’s most recession-proof city.” Property values have remained stable and even risen while other areas of the country have suffered.
But try telling that to the tens out thousands of local residents who are out of work and need the help of a program like the Lifeline phone service which provides free cell phones to disadvantaged Americans. A recent report said that nearly one out of five District of Columbia residents live at or below the official poverty level. And the city has the nation’s highest rate of children living in poverty.
Increased government spending has helped keep unemployment low and property values high, but even the most optimistic observer now worries that inflation will cause economic hardships that the nation’s capital has never seen before.
Lifeline and ACP free government cell phone service providers in District of Columbia
Here’s a list of all the Lifeline Assistance free government cell phones in Washington DC. They all offer different plans with different numbers of minutes, different refill options, and serve different geographic areas. So click through them all and find the plan that’s best for you.
Lifeline Discount Companies in Washington, D.C.
If you qualify for Lifeline Assistance, but you find that none of the companies offer free government cell phones where you live, you have another option. The companies below, while not offering free cell phone plans, do offer substantial Lifeline discounts off their regular mobile phone plans in the District of Columbia:
How to qualify for a Lifeline free government cell phone in the District of Columbia
You are eligible if you receive benefits from any of these programs in Washington, DC:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- Veterans Pension and Survivor's Benefit.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (BIA)
- Tribally Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
- Tribal Head Start (only those households meeting its income qualifying standard)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
You may also qualify if your Total Household Income is at or under 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. See chart below where we’ve done the math for you:
|Income Based Eligibility for Washington D.C.|
|Members in Household||Annual income|
|For each additional member add $6,372 annually|
How to qualify for an ACP free government phone and unlimited service in the District of Columbia
It’s even easier to qualify for ACP service than it is to qualify for Lifeline service. The USAC website spells it all out:
Consumers qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) through participation in Lifeline or a Lifeline-qualifying program, having an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, through participation in ACP-qualifying programs, such as the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program (including the Community Eligibility Provision), WIC, through award of a federal Pell Grant, or through participation in a participating service provider’s existing low-income program.
What are you waiting for? Choose your favorite service provider and favorite plan and the future is, well, almost unlimited.
Latest Free Government Cell Phone News for Washington D.C.:
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